By Anna Hartley
A LARGE, silver, shining object hovered above Rita Haden's car as she travelled home from work along Old Toowoomba Rd just before 2am one eerily quiet Ipswich morning in 1992.
Now 86, Mrs Haden said she still vividly remembered how the mysterious nine metre long craft "dazzled" her with its bright lights, which could be seen even after she arrived home and ran inside.
"The little dog next door just wailed and howled, the light was so bright," she said.
"I had just gone past the One Mile Hotel when I first saw it and it stayed in my backyard for about an hour.
"I was on my own and very, very scared." The Leichhardt resident joined the Ipswich UFO Group after her first encounter and has travelled the world telling others her story.
"I worked in the air force for many years, so I know my planes and this was something I had never seen before," she said.
"I couldn't see any windows. Unlike normal planes it didn't have a dull surface - it was very shiny. It made no noise whatsoever. . . .
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